The photo above is from my yard a few winters ago. I don’t particularly like snow, it’s cold and I don’t take pleasure in cold weather. Because I live in the Midwest I see and experience it almost every winter. Visually, I enjoy freshly fallen snow, the picturesque kind, when it looks like a whiteContinue reading “Scarlet Sins—White as Snow”
Recently, my father and I were the recipients of a touch of love and encouragement from our Creator God. Oh, but I’m getting ahead of myself—you need a bit of background for the context to be understandable.
When my brothers and I were young, we liked to stand dominoes on end all over the table or floor. Once satisfied with our long winding trail, we would knock the first domino down, with the gentle touch of our finger and watch all the remaining quickly fall in sequence. A thrill we would repeatContinue reading “Dominoes of Choice”
Recently, I found some notes from a study done years ago. I was encouraged to reread what had impacted me. Reviewing previous study notes, a sermon or a book is often a means to new understanding. We become a different person in Christ’s hands than we were previously. We followers of Christ are being sanctifiedContinue reading “God is Good thus Life is Good”
I hope you readers have been enriched and gleaned something fresh as we investigated what the Bible has to say about words. With this being the final part of the series, let’s take a moment to recap. In part one we considered the purity of God and His word, in part two we uncovered theContinue reading “The Power of Words – part 4”
When beginning this study on the power of words, I was astounded by the numerous Bible passages addressing words and our communication. While taking notes, I wrote over 40 verses, read others and then put them into the categories that became this multi-part devotional. Today we will look at the category I call contrasts.
In the previous installment of this post, by the same title, I focused on the fact God’s words are pure just as He is faultless, perfect, and untainted. I find great comfort in that, particularly when reading a definition for purity that defines it as, “freedom from anything that debases.” In Christ alone will weContinue reading “The Power of Words – part 2”
An old writing assignment launched me into a biblical study on the power of words. When I do a topical study, I enjoy saturating myself with every scripture I can find on the matter. Those that are directly related and verses that have an indirect correlation. Sometimes I am surprised at where the study culminatesContinue reading “The Power of Words – part 1”
“There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time toContinue reading “Storms of Life”
For several years I had a dying apple tree in my yard. I stubbornly refused to cut it down until it no longer produced fruit. It was the strangest sight about one-third or more of the major branches were dead and soft from rot. Yet it produced an abundance of great apples on the remainingContinue reading “Be Fruitful”